From the Archives! Luke Sermon Manuscripts: Luke 9:21 and 22

I like reading sermon manuscripts! So, I thought it might be helpful for some if I shared some various manuscripts of messages I have preached from time to time. Now, I am not going to do the work of editing … Continue reading From the Archives! Luke Sermon Manuscripts: Luke 9:21 and 22

Trivializing the Old Testament

This past year, seeing the unity of Scripture more and more, I am without a doubt, loving the Old Testament more than I ever have before. I thank the Holy Spirit using authors like Christopher Wright and Graeme Goldsworthy, more specifically biblical theology to create such an excitement and fascination with the Old Testament. I recently found my notes from Dr. Block’s Old Testament course and I thought you might find some of his comments on symptoms that we as preachers might be trivializing the Old Testament interesting and thought provoking. Except for the actual quotes, I will paraphrase a … Continue reading Trivializing the Old Testament

What’s the Big Idea?

I thought I might jot down some interesting quotes from a book on preaching I reviewed a while back, “The Big Idea of Biblical Preaching.” “Sermons…are not addressed ‘to whom it may concern;’ they are delivered to men and women sitting at a certain time of day, usually on Sunday in a building with a zip code…’” (p.26) “While people are laughing, crying and identifying with real-life stories in drama and music, they are adopting values that contribute to a declining cultural morality. In other words, it is the stories and ideas taught by stories that influence people more often … Continue reading What’s the Big Idea?

On or Under the Bible?

It is amazing how quickly we can take a good thing and turn it into a bad thing. Like perhaps, take someone saying they submit to Scripture. It doesn’t get much better than that. I meet a person who says they believe what the Bible says wholeheartedly and want to put it into practice and I want to stand up and cheer. At the same time, saying you submit to Scripture and actually submitting to Scripture are two different things. And you know while submission to Scripture is a great thing, saying you submit to Scripture when in fact you … Continue reading On or Under the Bible?

Application

I’ve sometimes heard preachers minimize the importance of application in sermons. I think part of the reason has to do with the fact that there some preachers who focus their entire message on the contemporary significance of a passage and actually end up missing the actual point of the passage. It’s like they take the passage out of the equation actually. They just give ten tips with Bible verses on top. You can see how you would be tempted to react to preaching like that by minimizing application and actually focusing on what the author was saying to his original … Continue reading Application

What is Expository Preaching?

John Stott, Between Two Worlds: The Challenge of Preaching Today 1.    Expository preaching is Christian preaching. It is not a style of preaching as much as a philosophy of preaching. “…if by an ‘expository’ sermon is meant a verse by verse explanation of a lengthy passage of Scritpure, then indeed it is only one possible way of preaching, but this would be a misuse of the word.  Properly speaking, ‘exposition’ has a much broader meaning.  It refers to the content of the sermon (biblical truth) rather than its style (a running commentary). To expound Scripture is to bring out of … Continue reading What is Expository Preaching?

Expository? Preaching?

I think there are two really, really basic mistakes you don’t want to make if you are an expository preacher. Yet the crazy thing is, I’m convinced these are two of the most common mistakes preachers make. The first mistake is not to carefully exposit the passage you are preaching. Exposit is not too hard a word to understand. When it comes to preaching we can say it means to expose people to the meaning of the text. Not merely the words of the text, not merely the grammar of the text, not merely the setting of the text, the … Continue reading Expository? Preaching?

Expository Preaching

Some sample definitions of expository preaching… Haddon Robinson: “Expository preaching si the communication of a biblical concept, derived from and transmitted through a historical, grammatical and literary study of a passage in its context which the Holy Spirit first applies to the personality and experience of the preacher, then through him to the hearers.” Richard Ramesh: “Expository preaching is the contemporization of the central proposition of a biblical text that is derived from proper methods of interpretation and declared through effective means of communication to inform minds, instruct hearts and influence behavior towards godliness.” Sidney Greidanus: “Expository preaching is ‘Bible … Continue reading Expository Preaching